If hospitals decrease turn over times and improve operating room effectiveness, everybody wins. The surgeons, anesthesiologists, administrators, nurses and most importantly, the patients. But patients oftentimes have to wait too long in places like the pre-operative area or sometimes the recovery room isn’t available for the patient after the operation right away.
Disorganization begets dissatisfaction in patients and throughout the entire staff. Because the purpose of every hospital is to make sure patients are satisfied with the best possible quality of care, improving effectiveness is important.
Data also proves how the OR creates upwards of 60% of hospital profits. Delayed or canceled procedures dip into that. However, the anesthesiology area is specially positioned to further enhance communications, the foundation of efficiency in the operating room. By cooperating with hospital administrators and surgical services, the anesthesiology department develops pre- and post-operative at the same time. Effectively reducing turnover times. The following describes the best tips to do so.
1. Eradicate unneeded pre-operative tests
A large majority of surgeons follow the old school of thought which demands extensive pre-operative tests of patients. While a patient with a history of cardiac or diabetic issues requires more extensive tests, patients who are healthier, like athletes going through a joint surgery, might not need the EKG or full blood workup. This sometimes leads to false results which can delay procedures.
Rather, anesthesiologists and physicians have to openly communicate and devise a pre-operative testing scheme which considers the patient’s health history to decrease unneeded and expensive tests while reducing tedious testing to improve patient satisfaction at the same time.
By speaking to the patient’s primary care physician and surgeon, anesthesiology units can make sure that the patient undergoes on schedule surgical services, eliminating more cancellations.
2. Look over pre-operative patient data and testing results proactively
With elective operations, each operating unit ought to complete pre-operative testing one day before at the most prior to the patient’s scheduled appointment. By looking over this data, the surgical team has the understanding of the patients who have the cardiac and medical clearances to go through with the surgery.
3. Communicate the operating room team, the surgical team and the patients
Communicating is the safest means for the anesthesia unit to understand the scheduling of the surgery, how long it will take and what time the surgeon may complete the surgery. This makes sure the anesthesia team won’t re-dose the patient too near to the finish of the surgery, which demands more time with the ventilator. The solution is to coordinate the anesthetics with the surgeon’s schedule.
The primary motive with each of these strategies is to openly communicate with each party involved with the surgery. Breakdowns happen when people, whether the patients or the surgical staff, aren’t sure of what to anticipate. By planning out the procedures and distributing them to the main actors, the anesthesia team can improve efficiency and reduce turnover times, allowing more patients to be satisfied and for the hospital to increase revenues.